QUINCY – Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville), Illinois State Board of Education State Superintendent Christopher Koch, Quincy Mayor John Spring and other officials presented seven area schools with annual awards for academic performance on Monday.
Representatives from each school attended an event at Dewey Elementary School in Quincy. Dewey has been recognized as a Spotlight School — an award for schools with outstanding academic performance despite having a high percentage of low-income students — for 10 straight years.
The two other awards, Academic Improvement and Academic Excellence, presented at Monday's event honor substantially improved academic performance and consistently high academic performance, respectively.
"I'm delighted to recognize these students, teachers and administrators for the remarkable work they do," Sullivan said. "To receive these awards given our difficult and challenging budget times is even more remarkable. It's important that we take time to show our appreciation for a job well done."
"The educators, parents and students of these fine schools should be very proud of this achievement, especially during a time when the state and many districts are facing added economic pressures with cuts to education," Koch said. "I'm thrilled to be with all of you today at Dewey where consistent hard work has paid off year after year."
"I see every day the outstanding work performed by the teachers and staff at Dewey School, and all Quincy schools," Spring said. "It's a team effort — students, parents, teachers, support staff and administrators all working together to improve the quality of education."
Sullivan also presented each school with an Illinois State Senate Recognition honoring their accomplishments. After the presentation, Sullivan, Koch and Spring visited with students and faculty.
Spotlight Schools (high-poverty schools with high academic performance):
West Prairie South Elementary, Colchester
Nauvoo Elementary, Nauvoo
Dewey Elementary, Quincy
Academic Improvement (schools with significantly improved yearly performance):
Astoria Junior High School, Astoria
V.I.T. Senior High School, Table Grove
Academic Excellence (schools with very high academic performance over at least three years):
Macomb Junior High School, Macomb
West Prairie North Elementary, Good Hope